Please join the City of Toronto, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, and me as we unveil the sign commemorating and naming the Christie Pits skating rink in honour of Sid Smith.

The rink naming ceremony and following family skate will take place on:

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The City of Toronto has announced the opening of two 24/7 warming centres to provide additional relief for homeless individuals and their pets.

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Today the City announced the opening of a new 24/7 emergency shelter at The Better Living Centre in Exhibition Place. At present, services are available for up to 20 individuals but when fully operational in mid-January, the shelter will have a total of 100 beds.

As the local city councillor for the area, I welcome this news as do the residents of Ward 19. In my role as a member of the Exhibition Place Board, I worked with staff to find the space and am glad that we are now able to provide respite for 100 individuals experiencing homelessness in our city.

These beds, in combination with the additional 300 spaces City Council directed staff to provide, will go a long way in ensuring there are warm, welcoming, and safe places for individuals experiencing homelessness this winter.

But, we need to do more.

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This past year, I worked with the family of Sid Smith to rename the Christie Pits ice-rink after the 11th captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Please save the date to join us in celebrating the naming of Sid Smith Rink, followed by a skating party.

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The following items will be before the Committee of Adjustment on Wednesday, January 10, 2017 in Committee Room 2 of Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

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